Friday, 24 November 2017

The Cat Came Back...

A few quick snaps of FiN's newly repaired vintage Panasonic Mountain Cat, now back in action with a "new" rear NoS Mavic rim and 8 speed hub...




Knowing FiN he'll be riding this into the ground for the foreseeable future, be sure to follow his Instagram account to see where he takes it.


Thursday, 23 November 2017

Custom Panasonic Mountain Cat @ ETHSS

Very excited about this custom/restoration job by ETHSS on a vintage Panasonic Mountain Cat MTB for Syutou. Look closely at the photos here and here, 700C wheels on a 26" frame. Cool. As. Fuck...


Tuesday, 21 November 2017

3rd Dispatch from Midwest Correspondent

Hello from MN. I've got a couple of half-baked post ideas mixed together here for your viewing enjoyment!

In October I went out to the Witches Hat tower and the river to see some fall leaves:




This is the nice skyline view from Prospect Park.  After the park I rode over to the Franklin Avenue bridge.



Also while riding around this fall I caught a few bike mural pictures at current/former bike shops: This is  Freewheel Bike on the West Bank.



And Sunrise Cyclery on the Greenway.


And The Alt



Penn Cycle
 on Lake Street with a nice Pee-Wee Herman homage



And  the CRC Coffee Bar (RIP)



Next post will show my winter season bike conversion and maybe some snow-- stay tuned!


Sunday, 19 November 2017

Custom Surly Troll @ Hutte 8to8

Rather cool custom Surly Troll at the always marvelous Hutte 8to8 in Osaka...


Sporting those popular new Velo Orange Klunker Bars...


And a selection of baggage from Swift, RAL Life and Blue Lug...




The hardware is a mix of Paul, Shimano, Chris King and Race Face...



With those MKS Lambda pedals...




Follow Hutte and shop manager Kentaro-san for more like this.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Custom Giant ATB

A very, very cool custom Giant CX/Gravel Grinder/Dirt Drop/ATB that showed up during last weekend's #RaphaRidesOsaka events...








Monday, 13 November 2017

Zunow Roadbike

A very nice custom Zunow road bike conversion with riser bars spotted out in Osaka last week...





Follow the Zunow Instagram to see more like this.

Friday, 10 November 2017

Naoki's Maruishi Emporer

A few quick snaps of Naoki-san's beautiful vintage Maruishi Emporer spotted out in Osaka last week...







A big thank you to Sayaka-san at Giracha for letting me know who this bike belongs to!

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Kenji's Custom Ballooner

Kenji-san, owner of the Crazy Sheep brand also owns the super cool Ballooner brand. The whole ethos of Ballooner is a modern take on old school mountain bikes, think Repack and plaid rather than full face and droppers. Last weekend Velo Life Unpeu in Osaka hosted a Ballooner and Crazy Sheep demo bike day where Kenji was showing off some of his stable. His personal bike is the coolest bike you will ever see*... 


A mix of old and new, rusted motorbike handlebars (a homage to the pioneers of mountain biking) on a Chris King headset and the bike rolls on 27.5 Maxxis tyres...


White Industries cranks with a battered Shimano Claris mech. No drop stop or clutch mechs here, the bike is built to be shredded...


A well worn in and never maintained Brooks saddle...


And those S and S couplers make sense because Kenji travels with this bike...

BALLOONER -The REPACK among hills- from FURUTANI Atsushi on Vimeo.

Follow Kenji and Ballooner on Instagram to see more of their builds and adventures.

*ATMO